Today At Your Fellowship
Thursday, January 5, 2023 
This Weekend @ AUUF
Find Zoom links here. 

Thursday 1/5/23

Friday 1/6/23
12 pm Freethinkers on Zoom

Saturday 1/7/23
8:30 am AA Slap Happy Group

Sunday 1/8/23
9 am Virtual Forum on Zoom

11 am Sunday Worship
Live at AUUF & on Zoom

12:30 am Social Action Council
12:30 am The Alliance
2 pm Private event
2:30 pm Worship Associate meeting
4 pm Anchorage Friends Meeting
Monday 1/9/23
6:30 pm Fireweed Sangha of Mindful Living- Private rental, visitors welcome

Tuesday 1/10/23
2 pm Hungry Book Club
4 pm Finance Committee Meeting

Wednesday 1/11/23
6 pm Safer Congregation Team
6:30 pm Connections Team Fireside chat

Half Portion Recipient for January is
Virtual Forum
9 am Sunday, January 8, 2023

Stories Should Lead to Action
Executive Director, Keys to Life, Shirley Mae Springer Staten

Shirley Mae Springer Staten is the executive director of Keys to Life, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to empowering, creating, and strengthening an inclusive community through rich arts and cross-cultural experiences. She has worked as a VISTA volunteer, traveled to Cuba and Africa, served as Cultural Events Project Coordinator for the United Nations/NGO Women’s Conference in Beijing, and worked in various positions for the Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage School District, Home Base After School Program, and others. Shirley Mae earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from University of Santa Monica in 1996, after receiving her bachelor’s in Human Resource Development from Alaska Pacific University. She has received numerous recognitions, including Athena Society membership, YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award, Mayor’s Arts awards, the Honor Kempton award and legislative citations for advancing the causes of humanity, Alaska Black Caucus Community Service Award, and Interior Alaska Ecumenical Peace with Justice Council Peacemakers Award. 

Sunday Worship Live at AUUF & on Zoom
11 am Sunday, January 8

More info coming soon to the AUUF homepage & Facebook.

Sign Up Today for Finding Your Way into Fellowship!

Are you ready to learn a whole lot more about UU and AUUF? Please sign up ASAP if you plan to attend out next Finding Your Way into Fellowship class -which is 3 sessions scheduled on January 22, 29, and February 5. This class is for newer folks or people ready to become members of AUUF. You will discover how AUUF might fit into your own spiritual journey and you’ll make lots of new friends along the way.

Email for questions or to sign up! We are deep in planning and need to have commitments of people signed up to be sure we have enough facilitators to lead the class. This class likely won’t be offered again until Fall so sign up now if you can! ALSO, we’ll be serving lunch as the class starts right after the Sunday service and we need to know how much food to provide. We hope to see you there!!
12 pm Fridays

Freethinkers, a humanist discussion group, is working its way through “The Righteous Mind, Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.” Please join the discussion whether you’ve read the book or not! The Freethinkers group selects a chapter or two each week for a weekly reading assignment -- just so the author’s premise and ideas are clearly in the minds of most who have read it -- then the group discussion tends to revolve around the author’s thoughts, once they are verbally presented by the moderator. The group then begins a discussion of the ideas presented by the book, but not necessarily the book itself. So you are invited to join the zoom meeting (click on the calendar icon on the AUUF web page) and engage in discussing the ideas (or simply listening) between 12:00 noon and 1:30 every Friday. Visitors welcome! You will encounter a friendly, positive, and possibly cringingly humorous group discussion.

Fireside Chat on Zoom only on January 11
Staying Connected - Fireside Chat (Zoom only)
Wed. Jan. 11, 6:30-8:00 pm

Get cozy around your home fire with the AUUF Connections Team! This monthly tradition continues its agenda-free informal conversations for young and old adults in our congregation. OK to drop in late. Tell your friends — we will try to do this every 2nd Wednesday of the month til further notice.

For more information, email
Anti-Racism Team

White Supremacy Culture Discussion Series
AnchorageUUF & UUFFairbanks
January-March 2023

AUUF and UUFF together are offering an opportunity for exploration in a five-part discussion series facilitated by Student Minister Becca Bernard. These will be a zoom-only series.

When: Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:00 pm: on zoom.
January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23, and March 9.

There will be short, engaging reading assignments before each session, so if you might like to participate, please RSVP to Becca at

Many antiracism activists and scholars have adopted the term “white supremacy culture” to refer to the dominant American culture in a way that highlights its systemic racism. What is meant by “white supremacy culture” and how does it differ from white supremacists as individuals? What are the characteristics of white supremacy culture? Are there ways to change how we participate in white supremacy culture to avoid perpetuating it? Exploring these and other questions about white supremacy culture can help us deepen our individual and institutional understandings of, and commitment to, the work of dismantling racism.
I Have a Dream – Solidarity Weekend Celebration
January 16, 2023
Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School

Join us (Alaska Black Caucus) at Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School for a free celebration of cultural performances, choirs, and more to promote diversity, unity, inclusiveness, love and equity as we work to build our Beloved Community in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This program is made possible by the support of Wells Fargo and the Alaska Community Foundation.
Alaska Black Caucus Community Conversation: Race in Alaska
Date - 01/08/2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the Alaska Black Caucus to kick off the 2023 Community Conversation series.
Music Director Position Available

Ideally, we would like to find a Music Director, and we are also willing to split this position into two--a piano accompanist and choir director.
Please send a cover letter, resume and pay requirements to

Thank you! Rev. Lise Adams Sherry

Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Position Description
Title: Music Director
Fair Labor Standards Act Status: Non-Exempt Position 
Hours Required: Part time (about 11 hrs/wk Sept-May; 7 hrs/wk June-August)
Organizational Relationship: Employed by Board of Directors, under the supervision of the Minister
Position Summary: Direct the music program in the church. Working closely with the minister and Worship Team, the Music Director provides both choral and piano music for Sunday and special services and events. The Director is responsible for preparing the adult choir through regular scheduled rehearsals. The Music Director takes responsibility for the maintenance of the church instruments and assists the church to provide guest musicians and other music resources.

OWL classes start in January!

You can read more about the Our Whole Lives, Sexuality Education Program offered at AUUF on our website here.

If you have not already joined the list, please sign up there or email
Sign up for Small Groups Online or In-Person!
(In-person facilitators needed!)

Being part of a group is an opportunity to build connections, to listen, and to be heard by others.
Members covenant to support and be present together for a period of time and this can be a great way to build community, engage meaningfully with each other and enrich the AUUF experience.

Groups may be informal or structured and are generally made up of 5-12 people. Some groups may meet in person, at the fellowship, in people’s homes, in nature, or out in the community working on service projects. Groups decide together how their connection will look, and within the facilitator's availability, where, when, and how often to meet. Generally, most groups meet for one to two hours, every week, every other week or monthly, depending on what the group decides.

We currently have two groups scheduled: 

Online: Thursdays 7-8:30p, starting Jan 5th - Run in collaboration with UU Fellowship of Fairbanks. This group is open! Facilitators will reach out soon to those who have already registered. This is a great chance to connect with UU’s around Alaska!

In-person: Thursday evenings, every other week - on a break over the holidays and beginning again Jan 5th. This in-person group is full. With another volunteer facilitator, we would love to start another! 

Next In-Person Group: Coming soon? We would like to offer another in-person group, but need a facilitator! Could this be you? Choose a time and place that works for you! What type of group could you imagine yourself leading? If you are interested in leading an in-person group, whether it is discussion-based, service-based, nature/experiential, please get in touch! 

Whether you are looking to participate in or lead a group, sign up and share your ideas about what a good and engaging connection group looks like for you! Let us know your availability and interests! New members may join throughout the year as space allows, so long as we have enough leaders and members to get started! Sign up using this link to be a part of Small Groups.

For questions, contact

- Adult Learning & Exploration (ALE) 
​​​​Path to a New Logo for AUUF

​Cultural appreciation is when we seek to understand and learn about another culture in order to broaden our perspective and connect with others cross-culturally. Cultural appropriation on the other hand is taking aspects of another culture that are not our own and using them for our own purposes. AUUF’s logo, with its Tlingit-inspired markings, was designed decades ago, probably in an effort to indicate a connection to Alaska. It was adopted at a time when the issue of cultural appropriation received little or no attention. With our newly enlightened awareness and the UU principle of respect and dignity of every person in mind, a Logo Task Force is forming. The group includes graphic designers, communications personnel, and other interested people in our Fellowship. At the May, 2022 annual meeting, AUUF voted to come up with another logo. It’s time for a new design.
​Our logo can visually express who we are, and what the AUUF community is. This is why the process of creating and adopting a new logo should involve us all. The Logo Task Force welcomes your ideas and will offer opportunities to ask questions, share ideas, and be involved. We’ll begin work in January and hope to finalize a voted-upon logo by Spring.

If you have something to contribute to our effort, contact Denise Martin at 1-907-317-6134 or
Draft of May 2, 2022, AUUF Annual Meeting Available

The draft of our 2022 annual meeting is ready and is available for viewing on our website in the What's Happening / Annual Meeting 2022 page. Please refer any suggestions or corrections to James Dryden at 907-344-4995 or

The January Half Portion offering goes to Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services

Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) provides a bridge for refugees (individuals who have had to flee their countries of origin due to the tragedies of persecution and war) from their former life experiences to the new skills required for success in the United States. Through a focus on economic self-sufficiency, community integration, and a respect for unique cultures, history and traditions, RAIS creates an environment of compassion and encouragement for refugees to flourish.

Click on the Half-Portion note or Donate/ Pay
at the bottom of the home page.
Enter your donation under
“Half-Portion for Social Action”
Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
(907) 248-3737

Minister, Rev. Lise Adams Sherry, (she/ her) 907-248-3737 x2,
Office hours are usually Tues, Th & Fri 10 am - 2 pm

Shellie Gooden, (she/ her) Congregational Administrator, 907-248-3737 x1 AUUF
Office hours are usually Mon-Thurs, 10 am - 2 pm
Please call before coming.

Kelly Spring, (she/ her) Communications Specialist,
Kelly's remote office hours Mon-Fri 9 am -1 pm

Dr. Ray Macfarlane, (they/none) Director of Lifespan Learning & Exploration,
Office hours are usually Tues/Thurs 10 am - 2 pm, remote Wed 10 am - 2 pm Please confirm for appointments.

Contact the Connections Team for more information on how to get involved at AUUF